Third Public Forum on Budget Transparency and Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia
Europe Foundation held the 3rd public forum on June 14, 2016 on budget transparency and civil society oversight of public spending in Georgia. The aim of the forums is to initiate dialogue between civil society and government and contribute to the promotion of accountability on public spending.
In the framework of the forum, participants were introduced to the Assessment Report of Public Expenditure Management Oversight Mechanisms in Georgia conducted by the international consultant Olena-Krylova Muller. The assessment confirmed that notwithstanding the reforms on public spending management sector and the progress achieved for implementation of European and international obligations on transparency, public engagement in decision-making process at national, as well as local level remains a challenge.
Representatives of the four representatives of civil society organizations, who have received financial support from Europe Foundation for implementation of monitoring of public spending, made short speeches in the second part of the Forum. Discussion of the results of these projects complemented the assessment presentation. Organizations stressed on the challenges identified during their monitoring and presented relevant recommendation how to improve the budget spending oversight mechanisms.
Discussion with the participation of experts, civil society and government representatives was held by the end of the Forum.
The event is held within the framework of the project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).